Pluggie the Fireplug robot arrived in Carson City last month. He lives at fire station No. 1, and sleeps in the hosebed of one of the fire trucks.
Pluggie made his first personal appearance recently at the Boys & Girls Club near the fire station. He and his fire-safety message were warmly welcomed by the children there.
"We didn't get him because he's a nice to have. This little guy captures attention," said Tom Tarulli, the fire department's public education instructor. He and Duane Lemons, fire prevention inspector, are the robot's primary handlers.
"A lot of kids won't come up …